When placing a defibrillator on a large site such as but not limited to a large school , business workplace etc it is important to consider that it won’t be of benefit if it takes a long time to retrieve the defibrillator. In a best case scenario, we would recommend the defibrillator be no longer than 90 seconds away.
For example if the defibrillator is 6 minutes away from the patient then it could take 12 minutes to retrieve it and another 2 minutes to get it operational – a total of 14 minutes. Remember survival rates are less than 10% after 10 minutes.
In this case we would consider that you may need more than one defibrillator. Multiple defibrillators in a building, at a school or university are recommended or perhaps a portable defibrillator for some outdoor or geographically challenged work or activities.